The Moore American

Sports

September 6, 2013

SaberCats rough up Titans

Spead, Walker power through CAH defense

MOORE — Before the season began, coach Jeff Brickman promised his team would play a more physical brand of football this year. Southmoore made their coach a man of his word in the season opener Thursday.

Facing 5A defending champion Carl Albert, the SaberCats ran for 289 yards as they rolled to a 37-14 victory at Moore Stadium. Southmoore had two runners rush for more than a 100 yards as they manhandled the Titans’ defensive front.

“The offensive line did a great job tonight,” senior Pierce Spead said. “I think we only had three negative plays. They opened a lot of holes for us.”

The fireworks started early for the SaberCats. On the first play from scrimmage,  Spead busted through the Titans’ defensive front for a 65-yard touchdown.

“That first play was amazing,” Spead said. “I love that. The hole was wide open. (John) Ashcraft, he opened it up for me.”

On the very next drive, Dakota Troglin snatched a 23-yard touchdown pass out of the air on 4th down from freshman Conner Uselton. It gave the SaberCats a 14-7 advantage.

Southmoore’s defense did a good job of shutting down the Titans’ run game for most of the first half. They turned Carl Albert into a primarily passing team, which is not its strength. This allowed the SaberCats’ defensive line to pin their ears back and attack Titans’ quarterback Steve Thompson.

Late in the second quarter, Dunya Rice set up the ’Cats offense with a 48-yard punt return down to the Titans’ 17-yard line with 1:30 left. This led to a 16-yard Chris Nemecek field goal to give Southmoore a 17-7 halftime advantage.

Southmoore came out in the third quarter looking to impose its will upon Carl Albert. They fed running back Jaelon Walker the ball and let him carry the offense down the field on a time-consuming drive.

But it was Spead who crossed the goal line on a six-yard touchdown run to give the ’Cats a 23-7 lead late in the third quarter.

On Southmoore’s next possession, Walker made four defenders miss in mid-air before scampering for a 14-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter. But the Titans responded when Dillon Lohr returned the ensuing kick-off 90 yards for a touchdown.

Southmoore led 30-14.

Carl Albert attempted an onside kick, but Tyler Rinaldi plucked it out of the air and returned it for a 50-yard touchdown that put the contest away for the ’Cats.

Spead led all rushers with 131 yards. Walker added 114.

Uselton completed only a few passes in his first start. But he did enough to keep the Titans’ defense from stacking the line of scrimmage to gang up on the run.

“We are very, very tough to beat,” Spead said. “If anybody can stop that run, then we are going to dump it over with the pass. So it’s impossible.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Castiglione takes over chairman

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione has been named chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2015-16 academic year.

    July 23, 2014

  • Sooners top preseason poll

    Oklahoma will start the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Major storylines heading into new season

    The Big 12 Conference Media Days took place Monday and Tuesday at the Dallas Omni Hotel. The two day event elicited far more questi

    July 23, 2014

  • Working to get back

    The high school fast pitch season is set to kick-off in the next few weeks. While all three area teams head into the year with designs on winning the state title, Moore may have the most motivation.

    July 22, 2014

  • Taking it easy Most Big 12 squads won’t shy from tough schedules

    DALLAS — Never have the words “Final Four” been used so often at a football media gathering. Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days,

    July 22, 2014

  • OU standout has a busy offseason on the diamond

    When Oklahoma graduate Destinee Martinez was named to the Team USA softball roster for the second consecutive year earlier this summer, Sooner fans were given a way to follow one of their favorite players even after her graduation.

    July 22, 2014

  • Thunder moving 66ers South into Oklahoma City

    The last five years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had an unsung hero in their rise to the top of the NBA. Along with the talents

    July 22, 2014

  • bootcamp Westmoore girls putting in work at bootcamp

    Westmoore girls basktball coach Andrea Guziec is known for her intensity. She is constantly pushing and prodding her players to play at their best.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • soonersuni.jpg Sooners unveil new uniforms

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stark takes over at Southmoore

    For the second time in the school’s history, Southmoore didn’t have to look far to find a new football coach. The Moore Board of Education approved the hiring of Jeremy Stark to take over the program Monday during a special board meeting at Moore High.

    July 1, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide